" The southern sea otter is an endangered species and only approximately 3000 remain in the waters of California. In Avila Beach, I have counted no more than 40. Every year I spend as much time as possible with the 'raft'. This particular group was a 'female' who is the 'mother' of these two junveniles which are in front of 'her'. You can spot a female by the scars on the nose. Sometimes a female can have 'twins' but cannot take care of both so a surrogate 'mom' otter will fill the role. This was an anomoly because I never saw these two without this female and I watched these two otters grow up. "
Vincent Shay (USA) is an award winning videographer and photographer from the Central Coast of California residing in Los Osos, California.
For the last 40 years, he has tried to achieve a life long goal of moving himself to a more close view of the beauty of what life has to offer. He loves the ocean... and everything about it and it just so happens he lives in Central California where life abounds.
In 1982, he got lucky to call this place home and hope through his images to show others his perspective of how awesome and raw this place is. "I don't pick my camera up for money anymore...that just seemed like a 'job' and less than liked it. The last ten years I am happy to work in the active outdoor industry owning Avila Beach Paddlesports with my wife, Em, and only take photos for myself. If others love the images and maybe want to purchase them for their own homes or galleries, I am truly honoured".